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U.S. Emissions, Economic Growth Headed Toward Divorce

U.S. Emissions, Economic Growth Headed Toward Divorce

Call them a couple: The U.S. economy and energy consumption, along with the greenhouse gas emissions they create, have always grown and plunged together. But as the U.S. embraces energy efficiency and renewables, those things aren’t dancing to quite the same beat anymore. In fact, they’re “decoupling,” and could be heading toward a divorce.… Read More

Oil Drilling May Slow Drought Recovery in Great Plains

Oil Drilling May Slow Drought Recovery in Great Plains

As the main driver of climate change, the connection between burning fossil fuels and global warming is clear. But evidence shows they may be connected in another way — the physical footprint of oil and gas development on the landscape may not only contribute to global warming, it may also affect an ecosystem’s ability to withstand it.… Read More

Look What’s Cooking in the World of Renewable Energy

Look What’s Cooking in the World of Renewable Energy

Inside a sprawling single-story office building in Bedford, Mass., in a secret room known as the Growth Hall, the future of solar power is cooking at more than 2,500 °F. Behind closed doors and downturned blinds, custom-built ovens with ambitious names like “Fearless” and “Intrepid” are helping to perfect a new technique of making silicon wafers, t… Read More

Carbon Pricing Helping Farmers Ease Methane Pollution

Carbon Pricing Helping Farmers Ease Methane Pollution

Biogas digesters are helping to protect the climate from methane, which is a far more potent greenhouse gas than carbon dioxide. As the world’s appetite for meat and dairy has grown, agriculture has become a bigger cause of global warming than deforestation, and that’s mostly because of the methane released by livestock farming.… Read More

Four Hopeful Clean Energy Trends for Earth Day

Four Hopeful Clean Energy Trends for Earth Day

Earth Day can serve as a reminder not only of the wonders of the natural world, but also of the perils it faces in a changing climate, especially as bad news about global warming seems to come on a daily basis. There are encouraging trends, though, that show progress against the primary cause of climate change — greenhouse gas emissions from human… Read More

White House: Upgrade Grid to Withstand Climate Change

White House: Upgrade Grid to Withstand Climate Change

The White House says all the pipelines, power lines, railways and the other infrastructure that bring Americans the energy they use each day will have to be modernized in the face of climate change and a renaissance in renewable energy.… Read More

China Can Cut Cord on Coal (Mostly) by 2050

China Can Cut Cord on Coal (Mostly) by 2050

It may be possible for China to shake most of its reliance on fossil fuels, in part by producing more than 85 percent of its electricity from renewables by 2050, according to a new study. … Read More

Major Changes Loom in Arctic as U.S. Leads Council

Major Changes Loom in Arctic as U.S. Leads Council

Just 30 years ago, the Arctic was viewed as a frozen expanse of limited opportunity. But climate change is rapidly reshaping the region — it’s warming twice as fast as the rest of the planet — creating new opportunities and risks that are coming into global focus. “Without climate change, we wouldn’t really be talking about the Arctic in the first… Read More

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Decades of Warming Despite the recent slowdown in warming rate, this past decade was the world's warmest on record.

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